In 2006 Bill Murray (56 at the time) accepted an invitation to a college party in the Scottish Town of St. Andrews after a round of golf. He showed up, drank their vodka, did all the dishes and left today.com/id/15281031/ns/…
After Martin Luther King was killed in 1968, his funeral was held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a small group of current students were chosen to be ushers for his funeral. One of those ushers was Samuel L. Jackson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Jeremiah Dummer did more for Yale University than Elihu Yale, but the trustees didn't want the school known as "Dummer College." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Despite being advised to join the NBA after one year in college, Tim Duncan decided to stay in school for 3 more years because he had promised his mother, on her deathbed, that he would get his college degree. The move paid off, as he got drafted by the Spurs & won 5 championships with them grunge.com/12319/true-sto…
In 1958 a technician was working on a plutonium compound that went super critical giving him a lethal dose in 200 micro seconds, his colleges found him outside in the snow screaming "I'm burning up! I'm burning up!". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
American universities are fearing a massive drop in the number of people going to college by 2025 due to lowering birth rates insidehighered.com/admiss…
The person on the 10,000-Yen banknote is Fukuzawa Yukichi, who was among the first Japanese to visit America in 1860, after the end of Japan's isolation period. He became known as one of the foremost experts on Western culture, and the college he founded, Keio University still stands today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
Despite not having a nuclear engineering program (no engineering programs at all) Reed College in Portland, OR is the only liberal-arts school to have a nuclear reactor. It is run by undergraduates, and has more female operators than any other nuclear program in the world combined. reactor.reed.edu/about.ht…
James Franco launched a college course entitled "Master Class: Editing James Franco...with James Franco," in which student editors are to compile a 30 minute documentary on Franco, using behind the scenes footage of Franco supplied by Franco, to "create a cinematic image of James Franco." news.avclub.com/james-fra…
Today I learned of Deep Springs College where students don't pay tuition, room, board but work a minimum of 20 hours and live on the college's ranch and farm. The college has fewer than 30 students at any one time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
The Turkey Drop is when a freshman college student comes home for Thanksgiving and is unceremoniously dumped by his high school girlfriend or boyfriend. refinery29.com/en-us/turk…
Today I learned of the disappearance of Gary Mathias, who after attending a college basketball game w/ 4 friends, was never seen again. His 4 friends were found decaying in/around a remote cabin 20mi. away from their car having died from starvation&hypothermia, despite an ample supply of food/heating materials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yub…
The NFL doesn't play on Friday and Saturday because the 1961 Sports Broadcasting Act prohibits them from doing so to protect fans of college and high school football. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Steve Young, 3x Super Bowl champion and 2x NFL MVP, was the great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, the 2nd president of the LDS church. In college, Steve played football at BYU, the university named after his great-great-great-grandfather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 2011, new students at the Wabash College in Indiana were required to play the video game Portal as part of a course on what it means to be human. The course discussed how Portal's villain presents different versions of themselves, showing a public face, while hiding a different private face. giantbomb.com/articles/in…
When filming Forrest Gump, director Robert Zemeckis sent set designers to his old college so Forrest's dorm could look just like the one Zemeckis stayed in. 949wdkb.com/niu-facts-pt-…
The Graduation Rate of College Students with ADHD is only 5% wcfcourier.com/news/local…
Zoologist Francis Buckland kept the remains of a cat under his bed at Winchester College, dug up and ate a dead panther from a zoo (declaring the meat "not very good"), and took his pet bear Tigleth Pileser to a meeting at Oxford University dressed in a cap and gown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Psychologists estimate that 90% of college students procrastinate, and more than a quarter are chronic procrastinators. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
In 1980, with less than 5 seconds on the clock and a tied score, college basketball player Les Henson made a full-court field goal, setting a record of 89 feet, 3 inches ncaa.com/news/basketball-…
Today I learned of William S. Clark who founded what would become Hokkaido University. Although forgotten in America, he had a significant impact on the scientific and economic development of Hokkaido and is widely revered in Japan. His parting words to his college were, "Boys, be ambitious!" historicaldigression.com/…
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) is a program of Bard College that provides college education to people in prison. Currently operating in six prisons across New York State, BPI's academic programs engage students in the full breadth of liberal study and end in associate & bachelor's degree en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
A guy called Dale Schroeder used his life savings to send 33 students to college. he grew up poor in Iowa, never married, had no children, and worked as a carpenter at the same company for 67 years and only owned 2 jeans. cbsnews.com/news/dale-sch…
Mike Rowe launched the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in 2008 to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs that don't require a college degree mikeroweworks.org/about/
A Chinese college student in the US studying chemistry slowly poisoned his roommate’s food with thallium thebrownandwhite.com/2019…
Amy Carter (daughter of President Jimmy Carter), has been arrested 4 times: three times for protesting against Apartheid and once for protesting against CIA recruitment in college bostonlocaltv.org/blog/20…
In 1977, two American colleges, Carleton College and St. Olaf College, members of NCAA's Division III conference, attempted to play an American football game using purely metric measurements deadspin.com/the-liter-bo…
Selwyn College, Cambridge has a swastika carved into one of its archways. It predates the Nazi Party sel.cam.ac.uk/about/selwy…
UCLA lost $18.9 million from college sports in 2019 alone. The university made $108.4 million off of college sports and spent $127.3 million. ocregister.com/2020/01/24…
Ken Osmond was not the original Eddie Haskell. The original was another child actor whose parents wanted him to go to high school and college instead of being a full-time child actor. Ironically Osmond grew up to be a cop while the original still enjoys a lucrative career in show business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Nobel scientist James Watson was attracted to Harvard partly because it was a 'girl-containing university'. He employed research assistants and secretaries from the neighbouring women's Radcliffe College, before meeting his 19 year old wife and marrying the sophomore when he was 39 theguardian.com/education…
Today I learned about the long-distance bed pushing craze that swept across colleges, where people mounted beds on wheels and pushed them far as they could go. The farthest record holder is students from Pennsylvania's St. Vincent College who pushed a bed in laps around a shopping center for 1,980 miles in 1979 weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
Today I learned of Horace Fletcher, "the Great Masticator", who argued that food should be chewed to a liquid before swallowing. He claimed great health benefits from this, including beating college athletes in strength and endurance at the age of 58 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
From 1919 to 1969, college home economics programs in the US would rent babies from orphanages for young women to practice mothering npr.org/2011/01/06/132708…
Jimmy Carter's family were all farmers for 350 years and no member of his father’s family had ever finished high school. Carter's childhood dream was "to go to the Naval Academy, get a college education, and serve in the U.S. Navy" navylive.dodlive.mil/2015…
The word 'propaganda' derives from a committee of Catholic cardinals set up in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (the Sacred College for Propagating the Faith), called Propaganda for short. It's aim was to spread the Catholic faith in non-Catholic countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
When the US was finally able to use NBA players for the 1992 Olympics (The appearance of the legendary Dream Team), they chose to include one college player, Chris Laettner, as a nod to the previous system. The runner up was Shaquille O'Neal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books edsurge.com/news/2019-04-…
Deland McCullough, former NFL player, and current RB coach for the Chiefs, was given up for adoption at birth in 1973. He found his birth mother in 2017. She told him the name of his father, who turned out to be his college coach and mentor throughout his adult life. espn.com/espn/feature/sto…
Today I learned about Benjamin Bolger, a perpetual student who continuously takes college programs. Currently he has 14 degrees, including schools such as Yale, Harvard, and Stanford. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
In its early days, football was primarily played in colleges and was extremely violent due to the rugby style nature of the rules. It was so violent that in 1905 alone, there were 19 fatalities that US President Teddy Roosevelt threatened to shut down the sport unless changes were made. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
U.S. men must register for the draft to qualify for college financial aid finaid.org/students/selec…
Surgeons at a Dental College in India removed a "well-defined bag-like mass" from the jaw of a 7-year-old boy. It weighed 7 ounces and contained 526 teeth. It took a medical team five hours to meticulously search through and count all of them. npr.org/2019/08/02/747614…
Today I learned about Jack Trice. He was the second black college football player. Before his first game, he wrote about how proud he was to have the opportunity. He was intentionally targeted throughout the game, breaking his collarbone and causing internal bleeding, which in turn caused his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
U.S. President Herbert Hoover, as an undergraduate student, organized the first ever 'Big Game' football pairing between UC Berkeley and Stanford in 1892. It is now one of the oldest college rivalries in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Today I learned of Cathedral High School, a small school in El Paso, that was revoked of its Notre Dame Leprechaun logo after going unnoticed by the college for over 86 years. youtu.be/gq3VSprsb1s
When Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960 there were only 16 Congolese college graduates in the country of 14 million people. They were called "Evolues" meaning the developed or civilized ones. education.stateuniversity…
Today I learned of the Webb Institute, a college in New York with about 90 student that offers only one academic route, a double major in naval architecture and marine engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web…
Paul Newman, while attending a small college in central Ohio, began a laundry service out of his dorm room. Newman’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service was a success, earning the young entrepreneur the nickname β€œThe Laundry Man of T-Barracks” in 1949. kenyon.edu/middle-path/st…
According to secret service agents, Ronald Reagan carried a pistol in his briefcase when he was president, "just in case you guys can’t do the job, I can help out". Reagan acquired a pocket sized pistol after college in the 1930s "and kept it lovingly the rest of his life”. time.com/3923183/ronald-r…
With the exception of college or military service, 37 percent of Americans have never lived outside their hometown, and 57 percent of Americans have never lived outside their home state. nytimes.com/interactive/2…
On 1838, in order to pay off debts of Georgetown College, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 slaves from their plantations. The buyers were Louisiana sugarcane planters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/183…
There is a college just outside Death Valley on a cattle ranch where tuition and room/board is free, but students are expected to work 20 hours a week on the ranch owlcation.com/academia/Fr…
Today I learned of the MIT Blackjack Team - a group of students from MIT and other leading colleges that used card counting techniques to beat casinos at blackjack worldwide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT…
The origin of the school/college bell is attributed to the factory model of education called the "cells and bells" in the early 20th century. It was intended to neurologically influence inculcating adaption to the factory bell. virtualbx.com/industry-ne…
Certain houses at Hampshire College were named after 4 towns that were purposely flooded to create a huge reservoir in Massachusetts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enf…
, getting caught cheating on China's college entrance exam can get you sentenced to 7 years in prison. globalcitizen.org/en/cont…
In 1997, Bill Cosby's son Ennis was murdered while changing a tire and left on the side of the road by Ukrainian teenager. Cosby was working toward his doctorate in special education at Columbia University's Teachers College. He planned to set up a school for children with learning disabilities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
In the early comics, Aquaman went to college to learn about fish, where he gives himself the clever alias "Mr. waterman" only to out himself as Aquaman to the swim coach. youtu.be/qjzxS8SJ7Eo?t=18…
Navajo was once in danger of losing a lot of speakers, but the Navajo nation set up programs to teach the language as well as many bilingual schools. Now there are even institutes, community colleges, and technical universities with classes in the Navajo language alphaomegatranslations.co…
Admiral Grace Hopper has been used as the namesake to a college at Yale, a US Navy battleship, and the first building at a US service academy named after a woman and a minor planet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
A college professor believed that US Pres. Zachary Taylor's death in office (1850) was an assassination. Taylor was exhumed in the late 1980s, but the medical examiner found no signs of poisioning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac…
From 1950 until 1966, NBA teams could specifically draft a player if they attended a college withkn 50 miles of the team's arena; players like Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson were drafted this way en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBA…
The UK has their own version of the Ivy League called the Golden Triangle which has some of the best colleges in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
The judge in the Terri Schiavo case had to be flown to a secret location to make a final decision to take her off life support, he wore a bullet-proof vest after her death and had cops on land and water guarding his home, and had to quit his church. He also was Jim Morrison's college roommate. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
A college math professor wrote a fantasy "novel" workbook to teach the fundamentals of calculus. Concepts are taught through the adventures of a man who has washed ashore in the mystic land of Carmorra and the hero helps people faced with difficult mathematical problems kasmana.people.cofc.edu/M…
The best-selling edition of Playboy magazine was the November 1972, which sold over seven million copies, when one-quarter of all American college men were buying or subscribing to it every month. By 2014 circulation had declined to 320,000 per month and now it's published quarterly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The movie "Mystery Team" was written by Donald Glover and his comedy group from college called Derrick Comedy. It is also the film debut for Donald Glover, Aubrey Plaza, Ellie Kemper, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mys…
College textbook prices increased 90% from 1998 to 2016 while recreational book prices fell by more than 35% in the same time period aei.org/publication/chart…
The first animated X-rated movie released in the US was a cartoon called Fritz the Cat (1972). The film is a satire focusing on American college life of the era, race relations, the free love movement and left-wing politics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
After billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the Morehouse College class of 2019 (400 graduates) by paying the educational loan debt worth $34 million, he will also pay off their parents college loans. usatoday.com/story/money/…
Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences couldn't legally attend college, so she did it illegally, going to what was known as the 'Flying University', a secret organization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Brad Pitt and Sheryl Crow when to college at the same time, had one class together, and both started their professional careers in the same year (1987) youtube.com/watch?t=62s&a…
The 1926 Ohio/Indiana border town of College Corner had a high school football team that went 30-2, the team was made up of Miami University football players usatoday.com/story/sports…
The story of Kevin Hart (not that one), a high-school football player with aspirations to play college ball, who staged an elaborate camera-filled signing-day event and committed to a school that didn't recruit him due to his 1.8 GPA and non-existent SAT score. deadspin.com/kevin-hart-w…
In 1939, Harvard freshman Lothrop Withington, Jr., bragged to his classmates about having eaten a live fish. They bet him $10 he couldn’t do it again, but this time with a Boston reporter documenting the event. The story ignited a craze for eating live goldfish on college campuses across America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
40% of Male College Level Ice Hockey and Tennis Players Are Born in the First Quarter of the year. This trend is also present at the Professional and Olympic levels as well. ncaa.org/about/resources/…
Samuel L. Jackson was expelled from his college by locking the board members in a building in protest; one of them being Martin Luthor King Sr. watchtheyard.com/colleges…
The first person to stream their life on the internet was Jennifer Ringley aka Jennicam, a 19 year old woman who from 1996, broadcasted her life from her college dorm room 24/7. At its peak, she got 7 million hits per day, a significant proportion of the internet at the time. bbc.com/news/magazine-376…
Several studies compiled by the US Department of Education, Commerce, Labor, and various colleges from 2009-2016 found a large correlation between SAT scores and taste in music by genre and artist. Beethoven, Rock, Indie has above average and Lil Wayne, Rap, Punk has below average. ledgernote.com/features/h…
James McCune Smith, the first African-American doctor, was rejected from all American colleges and had to attend the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he graduated at the top of his class en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Pornhub has a branch of their network called β€œPornhub Cares” where they focus on humanitarian efforts. Some of their causes are breast and testicular cancer research, planting trees, and funding student college scholarships. archive.attn.com/stories/…
19 players died playing football in 1905 and about to be banned by colleges until Teddy Roosevelt changed it making it safer and saved Football. Such as the forward pass, a neutral zone, prohibitions against brutal maneuvers like kneeing and punching opponents using locked hands. nytimes.com/2014/08/02/up…
A when applying for college, Julian Hernandez learned he had been kidnapped for 13 years worldation.com/stories/co…
Three college basketball players who appeared in Hoosiers served a three game suspension after the NCAA ruled they had been paid for playing basketball en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Today I learned of Senioritis - a term used to describe decrease in motivation for students in senior year of high school, college, or grad school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
Half of the youth who age out of the American foster system will not have a steady job at age 24. Less than 3% will earn a college degree at any point in their life. nfyi.org/51-useful-aging-…
The top 15 stadiums in the US by capacity are all College Football Stadiums - you need to reach #16 for a professional team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about The Man in the Red Bandana, Welles Crowther, an equities trader who is credited with saving as many as 18 people in the south tower on 9/11 before losing his own life in the collapse. Every year his Alma Mater Boston College honors him during a football game by wearing red bandanas. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of John Corcoran, a teacher who taught for 17 years while being illiterate. He struggled in the 6th grade and never learned to read or write, and cheated his way through college. At the age of 47, he finally learned when he was inspired by Barbara Bush advocating for adult literacy. bbc.com/news/stories-4370…
The cure for leprosy was developed by an Irishman in Trinity College, Dublin in the 1950s ireland-calling.com/dr-vi…
American singer Kesha got a near-perfect score on her SATs and was accepted to Barnard College at Columbia University, but instead chose to drop out before graduation to pursue her music career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kes…
George Washington Carver was accepted to Highland Presbyterian College (Kansas) in 1880. But upon arrival to begin studies and the school realizing they'd accidentally accepted an African American they revoked his acceptance. kshs.org/kansapedia/georg…
The Persian language is also known as Farsi, Dari in Afghanistan, and Tajik in Tajikistan. However, very few American students study Persian even though it is remarkably simple in terms of formal grammar. Just under 3,000 U.S. college students were enrolled in Persian language studies in 2013 leadwithlanguages.org/lwl…
A study from Trinity College found the Irish share the same Y-DNA with the Basque and Galicians of Northern Spain lending some legitimacy to the ancient Celtic myth that Ireland was populated by the sons of the Iberian king Mil. irishtimes.com/news/genet…
After Part 1 of "Who Shot Mr. Burns" aired, someone on Usenet correctly guessed the identity of Mr. Burns' killer the same night. However, the producers were unable to contact this person after Part 2 aired, because the person used a college email address that was defunct by that time. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
In 1862, the Republican-controlled White House & Congress enacted the first Land Grant College act. This and subsequent acts led to the formation of public and private colleges and universities in every US state and US territory, including many Historically Black Colleges & Universities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
John β€œJack” Trice, was the second African American to play college football at a major university. The son of a Buffalo Soldier, died from injuries in his second game. There was speculation that the play(s) that injured him, were racially motivated. The stadium at Iowa State is named after him youtu.be/yoORWes18Ec
Chinese premier Wu Tingfang studied law at University College London and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn (1876) to become the first ethnic Chinese barrister in history. His efforts included abolishing inhumane methods of capital punishment such as death by a thousand cuts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_…

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